Potatoes:101~My Favorite Veggie!

Potatoes are America’s most used and favorite vegetable. They can be boiled, baked, fried, and micro waved, steamed, roasted, mashed, and placed in salads, with or without the peel. Potatoes are a perennial plant, and the fourth largest crop grown. Potatoes have a high water content as well as starch. The potato originated in South America, spanning back to the early 1400’s. There are 200 types of wild potatoes species, and potatoes are often used as feed for animals on farms. The first potato planted by Luther Burbank was in Idaho in 1836. Potatoes are grown commercially in at least 35 states in the USA, the majority of them being grown in Idaho and other places such as Washington, Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Colorado, and Oregon. The common types of potatoes available in North America are russet Burbank, yellow fin, red gold, German butterball, Yukon gold.

How to store: Store potatoes in a cool, dark place with ventilation and they will keep for weeks. Do NOT store them in the refrigerator or they will turn brown and have develop a strange flavor. Aim for 45-50 degrees F, warmer and the potatoes will sprout and shrivel. Light causes potatoes to turn green, which imparts a bitter taste. You can store an apple with a potato to help prevent it from sprouting.

How to prepare: Scrub exterior gently if they are to be cooked unpeeled. bake, boil, deep-fry, fry, puree, roast, steam, stew

Matches well with: bacon, basil, butter, caviar, cayenne, celery root, chard, cheese, chervil, chives, cream, creme fraiche, dill, fennel fenugreek, garlic, ham, horseradish, kale, leeks, lovage, mint, mushrooms, mustard, nutmeg, olive oil, olives, onions, paprika, parsley, pepper, pork, salt, savory, smoked salmon, sour cream, squash, sweet potatoes, thyme, turnips

All information above came from recipezaar.com

DSC06627 Who doesn’t like a potato?  Please don’t tell me if you don’t like them, it might offend me…LOL ;)  I love them all, Russet, Idaho, Yukon Gold,  Red Potatoes, Butter Potatoes , I could go on and on…I love them all, and I love them fixed any way and every way!  I can eat them every day with all 3 meals a day!  Love fried potatoes for breakfast, lunch and supper!  Love mashed potatoes all day long …..well, you get the idea!  I heart potatoes!!!

DSC06392 I love to take RED potatoes and boil them until they are almost done….then cut them up and put them in a baking pan with bacon, dill, salt, pepper, chives, and butter and olive oil, and more bacon! 

Bake them in the oven until done, or crisp…….

 

DSC06393Top them with cheese and melt……OH MY GOODNESS!!  Love to top them with a little a lot of sour cream and ENJOY!

That is just one of the many ways I love a potato!!!  What about you….do you have a favorite way to eat Mr. Potato?

42 comments

Joyce said...

Yum. I would eat more taters but hubby is always doing the carb thing here. I order them mostly when we go out to eat. I do make lost of salad in the summer with them. If you scroll back a few posts in my blog and look at our cooking lt photo there is a cooking light potato salad on the bottom in the middle that was light and different and so good. Thanks for visiting my blog and I have to say that I absolutely LOVE your tea pot lamp in your guest room.
Joyce

Tammy said...

Looks delicious. So informative.

Deb said...

No southern gal can be without potatoes...lately been eating alot of plain baked potatoes trying to cut back on the calories...but it is still delicious...

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

If I could, I would...eat fried potatoes every meal...yummy...great post...

Calming Scents said...

My favorite potato would be the red. I'm definitely going to try your recipe. One of our favorites is taking about 6 potatos, put them in a pan sliced, add some onions, toss in olive oil, sprinkle thyme on top along with parsley--dont be cheap with the thyme,salt and pepper, when they are done, sprinkle cheddar cheese on top. ummmm, very similar to yours.

Debbie said...

I'm with you Nancy. I love potatoes. Potatoes are good with anything and everything. Great post. I will definitely try your recipe. Looks delish. Debbie

Melissa Miller said...

I love potatoes too!

Have you tried Wendy's chive baked potatoes with the super soft butter that comes with it? Oh my goodness they are yummy. :)

Shelia said...

Nancy, forget the potatoes! I'm drooling over that black and white toile looking baking pan! It's divine! Where did you find it? Well, on the other hand - pass the potatoes! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Beth in NC said...

Oh girl, you're a southern sister after my own heart! You can't ruin a potato! I just made some good ol' potato salad this week. Yum!

Not to mention good ol' sweet potatoes!

White, yellow, new, red, sweet ... love them ALL!
:o)

Sue said...

I'm with you....LOVE potatoes...cooked any way. I think I willhave to try this recipe for sure. Can't imagine anyone not liking potatoes!!

Sandra said...

Hello! Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment for me. :) The potatoes look yummy! I love potatoes but they don't like me...or maybe they like me too much. ;) They end up on my hips. hee hee!!
Blessings,
Sandra

Joanna said...

I love potatoes!! My favorite is a baked one with all the fixings!! Oh and sweet potatoes too..Baked with brown sugar and butter...Hmmm hmmm Good!

Rose Haven said...

Hi Nancy...

Thanks for stopping by tonite...and leaving your prayers for Baby Kayleigh's family. What a sad ending, not at all what they'd been hoping for for these past 11 months.

I love the potato recipe!! Sounds yummy!!!

Jan

Nancy said...

OK, now you've done it! I am craving your potatoes at midnight! I will have to make that tomorrow!
Thanks!
~Nancy

Cathy said...

Oh Nancy...this looks so good and sinful!!! I love it!!! You are a woman after my own heart!!! We southern girls really know how to make comfort food!!! I am adding this to my list...I am sure my family will thank you for it!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by earlier and becoming a follower of my blog!!! I am a fan of yours...so it means alot!!!

Have a blessed day!!!
XOXO
Cathy

An Accomplished Woman said...

Oh Nancy,

I love potatoes too. Those look fantastic. I wish I could come over and eat potatoes with you. I would bring ham or a pork roast.

Cynthia

Anonymous said...

Morning Nancy! I am a potatoe nut!!! Love them anyway, anytime!!! I'm doing groceries today and will be having a potatoe for lunch now!! My mother used to carry a hot potatoe in foil to school in her pocket during the winter to keep her hands warm on her long walk to school then ate it for lunch!!! I'm wondering if this was really true or if it was just to get me to appreciate what I had???lol I sure do appreciate potatoes!!!lol Oh BTW how did you get such picture perfect potatoes in that first shot!?? Have a fun day - Jeannette

Susie said...

Yummy Nancy!!! Those look delish! Truthfully I don't have a favorite. Just cook em and I'll eat em.

Cherdecor said...

Mmmmm, Mmmmmmm GOOT, as they say her in Amish country!

Denise said...

You are a girl after my own heart! Potatoes are my favorite food! DH, not so much.

XXDenise

The Muse said...

Ah, this Muse, who has a bit of irish blood...has certainly felt as though she has found a wholesome blog post...to feed her body and soul!

Lisa said...

Who DOESN'T love potatoes? Your recipe looks AMAZING! I might have to make it for dinner (O: Lately I've been craving baked potatoes. Every time we go out to eat that is what I seem to order. I love me some baked potatoes!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

That looks so good! Now I am starved.
Glenda

Darlene said...

Morning Nancy,

I could eat potatoes everyday too! Your recipe sounds DELICIOUS! I think I am going to have to have a loaded baked potatoe for lunch today after seeing your post!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Nan,

I am half Irish need I say more !!!

My new fave way is to take Idahos cut her up into 6 pieces place them on a baking sheet with garlic powder, sea salt, black pepper and just a drizzle of olive oil...Bake for 50 mins....YUMMY, this goes so well with Fish, makes a nice Fish N Chips !!!

OMG now I want some !!!


LOL

Have a great day,
Kathy :)

Jenifer Helton said...

Oh girl! those look awesome1 Don't forget potato candy!yummy, yummy, yummy.!!!

Stacey said...

Yes we love potatoes too! I have to stop myself from making them...more than 2 or 3 times per week. They go with everything after all.

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

I didn't know there was something about potatoes I hadn't already heard! :) Yes, I love potatoes most any way you want to serve them to me. Love the looks of the dishes you are showing us. ummmm..... With summer approaching my thoughts turn to potato salad. That is one of my very favorite ways to eat potatoes.

Nancy, do tell ~~ did you ever attend your faux floral arrangment class? I'm dying to know how it went and if you enjoyed it!!! I'll be happy to give you any pointers you might be interested in knowing.

Donna

A Hint of Home said...

Love potatoes any just about any shape or form. Your recipes looks yummy!

Mary Jane said...

Nancy those taters look so scrumptious! Red potatoes are my favorite and I'm going to try your boiling/baking method with those yummy toppers! Thanks for my dinner inspiration!
Mary Jane

Jessica said...

Nancy~

These look YUM, YUM...and we just had dinner~ lol. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes ( extra butter ), mac & cheese and hot crescent rolls ( with more butter )I like potatoes and butter...baked potatoes, red potatoes all kinds of taters'( with butter ). Yep, I heart them, too.

I must try these potatoes...my Mister agrees. :)

Hugs~ J

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love potatoes!!! They are a major reason why I am broader than I am tall!!

Angie said...

I am going to have to try this recipe 'cause it looks so YUMMY! I wish I could just take a big bite right off this screen!

Karen said...

You my Dear Girl, are a woman after my own heart!!!!

~♥~ Monica S said...

I too love potatoes.. dinner is not much of a dinner without them!

I take the in any way they come!!

Monica

Tammy518 said...

I am so gonna make your potatoes. They're like potato skins in a pan. Thanks for the tip about storing an apple with potatoes. I'd never heard that.

Coffee with Cathy said...

Potatoes with cheese and bacon? Yes, ma'am! I especially love the little spring potatoes -- they taste so fresh and yummy simply roasted in the oven with some olive or toasted-sesame oil and a sprinkle of finishing salt. Hard to top that -- except with bacon and cheese, of course.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Mmmm potatoes! We all love potatoes here! That dish looks yummy!

nikkicrumpet said...

OH MY they look so freaking tasty. How can anyone not love Potatos!! They are the best thing mother nature made!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh boy, I love taters too Nancy, LOL . I could eat them 3 times a day everyday !

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Daisy Cottage said...

Oh heavens!
I just bought a bag of new pototoes too - hmm, think I'll try this delish-dish!!!

xo,
Kim
P.S. LOVE your blog!